Street & Smith's Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
2004: Granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA.
2003: Had nine tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one sack and one quarterback hurry in season opener vs. Missouri ...Tore his ACL the following week in practice, missing the final 11 games of the season.
2002: Twice registered eight-tackle performances on the year, once in the season-opener vs. Missouri and again vs. Ohio State ... Finished fourth on the team with three sacks and seventh on the team with 51 tackles ... His 11 tackles-for-loss were third among Illini that season ... Had three tackles and a sack against Wisconsin ... Recorded a TFL and four tackles in loss to PSU ... Got TFL and first sack of the season against Indiana ... Had six tackles and recovered a fumble against Purdue ... Recorded a TFL vs. Michigan ... Had four tackles, three for loss and two balls batted down at the line of scrimmage vs. San Jose State.
2001: Started 10 of 12 games at defensive end ... Fourth on the team among defensive linemen in tackles with 33 ... Tied for second on the team in tackles-for-loss with eight ... Second on the team in sacks with five ... Second on the team in quarterback hurries with nine ... Had a career high seven stops, six solo, in the Nokia Sugar Bowl vs. LSU ... Also had one sack for a 17-yard loss ... Had six tackles in the win at Purdue ... Finished the season with at least one TFL in each of the last five games ... Had three tackles, one sack, one TFLs and three quarterback hurries in the win over Penn State ... Had two tackles for loss, including one sack in the season opener at California ... Had a career-high five quarterback hurries in the win vs. Northern Illinois.
2000: Played the first two games before suffering a stress fracture in his foot ... Took a medical redshirt ... Had one tackle against Middle Tennessee.
1999: Sat out the Micronpc.com bowl game due to a broken fibula suffered in the final game of the season ... Provided depth at defensive end ... Played in 10 games ... Totaled seven tackles, all solo stops ... Registered two tackles at Louisville and at Indiana ... Recovered a fumble at Indiana ... Ranked second on team with five QB hurries ... Recorded one PBU.
High School: An All-Area selection by the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ... Named to All-Catholic League squad ... Played defensive end for Marist H.S. under Coach Werner Emmrich ... Led team in sacks both junior and senior seasons, registering nine and 10.5, respectively ...Was second leading tackler on team ...Team went 7-5 in Catholic League Metro Blue division ... Earned four letters in football and three in basketball ... Led basketball team in scoring as a junior.
Personal: Full given name is Michael Patrick O'Brien ... Born March 15, 1981 in Oak Lawn, Ill. ... Parents are Jack and Ruth O'Brien ...Has one brother and sister ...Made honor roll two semesters in high school...Graduated with an undergraduate degree in sport management in May 2004.
CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 9 vs. Missouri, 8/30/03 Solos: 8 vs. Missouri, 8/30/03 Sacks: 1, nine times (last time vs. Missouri, 8/30/03) TFL: 3, twice (last time vs. Missouri, 8/30/03) QB Hurries: 5 vs. NIU, 9/8/01 PBU: 2 vs. San Jose State, 9/21/02 Fum. Recovered: 1 vs. Purdue, 10/12/02